Second-year Revolution coach Brad Friedel was inducted into the inaugural class of Blackburn Rovers Hall of Fame Thursday.
Friedel, one of seven club legends inducted this year, made more than 300 appearances as a goalkeeper for the English team from 2000-08.
“When I got the call to come, it was a special feeling,” Friedel said in a ceremony at Ewood Park, the team’s home stadium. “The eight years I was here it was a wonderfully run, family club. Really looking back on it, it was all you could ask for as a player.”
Upon joining Rovers from Liverpool, Friedel helped the club earn promotion back to the Premier League in 2001.
That next season, Blackburn finished 10th in the Premier League but won the Worthington Football League Cup competition, defeating Tottenham in the final, 2-1. Friedel earned Man of the Match honors for his performance in clinching the club’s first League Cup trophy.
In his nine seasons with Blackburn, Friedel tied Reg Elvy for most consecutive league appearances by a goalkeeper (152) and finished second for most league appearances (287) behind Terry Gennoe.Dan Shulman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow him on Twitter @DanielRShulman.